HOLLYWOOD – The US remake of Downton Abbey is to be set on a cotton plantation of the antebellum South, it has been revealed.
The hugely popular UK drama Downton Abbey is to be remade for American audiences. The show’s creator Julian Fellowes is writing the pilot episode. A source close to the production spoke to the Studio Exec:
The fascinating aspect of Downton Abbey is the relationship between the aristocracy and the servants, downstairs. In the USA we never really had that social system, except of course in the South before the Civil War. We’ll see the house slaves and their relationship with their kind master, Colonel Sweetwater (Don Johnson) and his daughters (Elisabeth and Ashley Olsen).
Many UK shows have successfully made the transition across the pond: The Office for instance. But many considered Downton Abbey a long shot.
The problem was political correctness. We wanted to show that many slaves were perfectly happy with the way things were. Old traditions of patrician care. But frankly with Obama in the White House, the climate wasn’t right for such a radical reappraisal. Now though we can say Happy Christmas and reassess slavery for the fine institution it always was.